ECHS Staff Newsletter

Week of February 8, 2016

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Jackie Robinson

Our Mission

We believe that through teaching and learning, we have the opportunity to impact and positively change the lives of our students. We believe that all students are capable of defining and experiencing success, ultimately building confidence in themselves while instilling a spirit of generosity, drive, passion, and focus. We work in collaboration with San Jacinto College to help at-risk students attain college credit with the aspiration of earning an Associate’s Degree and Distinguished High School diploma in four years.

Next Level of Work

Our data collected in our most recent Internal Instructional Rounds analysis indicated that we have made gains in the level of student responses, minimizing level one responses and raising level two and three responses. In our debrief, it is clear that teacher moves that helped moved the needle involved more opportunities to speak and share learning with one another. We discussed the caution with peer-to-peer feedback (most of the time they are feeding one another misinformation), and this is something worth exploring due to the fact that building this interdependence is one of our goals with our students and their learning.

One thing to consider and a point of future discussion is the percentage of off-task conversation. Our data collected indicates that roughly ten percent of student responses or discussion were off task. If this is the case, we must examine the type and perhaps look into when this is occurring. I have always been a fan of timers for many reasons. As a learner, it gives me a clear amount of time that I have to work on a task. As a participant in network rounds visits, our facilitator lays out the timeframe of when and where we will move. This sense of urgency limits the amount of off-task conversation among the group. As a teacher, not only did this help me pace the class, but I was able to cut my class time in segments where I would provide a whole group mini lesson, give students time to work examples, share their thinking with their peers, and clarify misunderstandings. It prevented me from straying off topic or talking too much. In our visit to "Trini" Garza ECHS, every teacher uses a timer to divide learning time and maximize time on task. This is something I would like to explore, especially given the sense of urgency as we approach this very important time of the year.

Upcoming Events & Reminders

Upcoming Events

  • End of Q3-6, February 12, 2016
  • Curriculum Audit Visit, February 16, 2016 (10:30A-12:00A)
  • SISD Instructional Rounds Site Visit, February 17, 2016 (7:30A-11:00A)
  • No SJC Classes, February 18, 2016 (All Day)
  • TSI Testing, San Jacinto College, February 19 & 26, 2016 (we will send out rosters)


  • Be sure to upload your lesson plans through Google Drive. Please see Mrs. Scull if you need any assistance.
  • Our new Superintendent of Schools, Mr. King Davis, will visit with the ECHS staff on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 11:25 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in room 129.

My Schedule This Week

Monday: On Campus

Tuesday: On Campus (SJC/ECHS Advisory Council-AM)

Wednesday: On Campus

Thursday: Off Campus (District Master Schedule Training)

Friday: Off Campus (District Master Schedule Training)